The Richmond Hill City Council approved a management agreement during its’ Dec. 1 meeting with the Wilderman Group to run the new City Center. This includes the Group to receive a base fee $5,000 per month and an incentive to receive 15 percent of the revenue if the Center is profitable.
It is a two-year agreement, but the city can opt out if they are not satisfied with the Wilderman Group’s performance.
Hired consultant Kirby Glaze said the Center will open around the end of January, but the kitchen area will still need some work. He said the facility will be fully operational by either mid-February of March 1st.
"All employees of the Center will be employees of the Wilderman Group – not the city," Glaze said.
John Wilderman, CEO of the Wilderman Group, said they plan to eventually hire between 12 to 15 full time employees and 10 part time positions. Glaze said the positions will range from general manager to dishwashers.
"Winter is traditionally slow, so we plan to have that volume of staff once business ramps up later in the year, which hopefully will reach breakneck speed by the fall," Wilderman said.
Wilderman said he plans to hire local. He has already "locked in on" a general manager and administrative assistant, and he said both are Richmond Hill residents. He said he is looking at several local candidates for chef and catering as well. Wilderman said want ads will pop up soon in the Bryan County News for other positions that need to be filled.
-Read more in the Bryan County News.